French President Macron wants to allow trapping of 110,000+ wild birds

Terrible news for wild birds in France: President Emmanuel Macron has just re-authorised horrific bird trapping practices which only have their place in history books. BirdLife’s French Partner, LPO, reports. Unbelievable but true: French President Emmanuel Macron is endorsing bird poaching!. The day after the World Conservation Union’s World Congress...
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London’s season opener is ‘stupendous’

The Guardian’s Tim Ashley on the LPO’s opening concert performance of Michael Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage:. … Deeming it an outright masterpiece… (Edward) Gardner gave us a performance that overrode any qualms by bringing home the heady, almost narcotic quality of the music. The conducting, playing and choral singing (from...
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The Midsummer Marriage, LPO. Gardner, RFH review – Tippett’s cornucopia shines in fits and starts

Bella (Jennifer France) does her makeup in the shadow of the wood, while Jack (Toby Spence) helps and Edward Gardner conductsAll images by Mark Allan. After all the smoke and lighting of the LPO’s online series, there’s barely a hint of theatricality in this plain concert performance, with the only concession to lighting the constant red on the Royal Festival Hall organ: is it not an opera but a choral symphony with eight soloists? Then you remember what wonders good directors and designers have achieved with The Midsummer Marriage on stage, and realise that Tippett’s music, for all its stand-alone originality, really needs them. And was what we saw and heard in part the “vision” of the LPO’s former CEO, who wrote of how Brexit would offer bright opportunities for his orchestra? You have to wonder when the conductor and seven of the eight soloists are English born, with very little hint across the board of the diversity which ought to be part of an orchestra’s new-era statement.
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2022 Cadillac CT4 Gets New Onyx Package

The 2022 Cadillac CT4 luxury sedan debuts the third model year of the nameplate with a few changes and updates over the preceding 2021 model year, including the introduction of a new Onyx Package that upgrades the four-door’s styling with a selection of dark-themed components. The Onyx Package for the...

2022 Chevy Blazer Loses Various Dealer-Installed Options

The 2022 Chevy Blazer arrives as the fourth model year of the latest Chevy Blazer crossover, introducing a number of changes and updates over the preceding 2021 model year. Among these is the deletion of numerous LPO-level options. The following features are deleted from the Blazer’s options list with the...

‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Comes To Broadway In Detroit

[Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Broadway in Detroit. Opinions are my own.]. Listen, guys … if you don’t have this season of Broadway In Detroit on your radar, I’ve got just one thing to say:. BIG mistake. Big. Huge!. (I expect you may realize where I'm going...

Russellville bank plans branch in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Russellville-chartered First State Bank (FSB) plans to build its first full-service branch in Northwest Arkansas on Van Asche Drive in Fayetteville. In August, the bank closed a real estate deal to buy 1.18 acres at the northwest corner of Van Asche and Investment drives, west of Generations Bank. The purchase price of $745,311 equals $14.50 per square foot. An entity controlled by Little Rock developer Leonard Boen was the seller.

2022 Cadillac CT5 Adds New Onyx Package

The 2022 Cadillac CT5 has received a new Onyx Package, which gives the luxury sedan a mean, blacked-out exterior appearance. The Onyx Package for the 2022 Cadillac CT5 carries RPO code PDB and is an LPO-level, dealer-installed equipment group. The package will be available to order on the 2022 Cadillac CT5 in the Luxury Sport and Premium Luxury trim levels and will also be available to order on the 2022 CT5-V performance variant.

2022 Chevy Suburban, 2022 Tahoe Get These Five New Wheels

The Chevy Suburban and Chevy Tahoe were completely redesigned and re-engineered for the 2021 model year. For the 2022 model year, Chevy’s full-sized SUVs are receiving various changes to equipment and features, including a 12-inch Digital Driver Information screen, a new Sport Performance package, new electronic limited slip differential, Buckle To Drive feature, and three new exterior colors. One of the other changes is the replacement of five existing wheels with five new ones. Here’s our first look at the newly available wheels for the 2022 model year.

A Guide To The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Assist Steps

The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited is a stop-gap model until the refreshed 2022 Sierra 1500 arrives toward the end of the model year. One of the most popular questions we get at GM Authority is which assist steps (otherwise known as running boards) are offered on the half-ton pickup, so we’re outlining what they are and their availability in our guide here.

BLAKEVIEW: The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's 30th anniversary

September marks the 30th anniversary of one of this city’s cultural treasures: the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The LPO is owned and operated by its musicians and is the oldest orchestra of its kind in the United States. The LPO has its roots in the New Orleans Symphony, which was founded...

New Study: Pesticides Together With Electromagnetic Fields Can Stress Bees Leading to Colony Collapse Disorder

New Study: Pesticides Together With Electromagnetic Fields Can Stress Bees Leading to Colony Collapse Disorder. A 2021 study entitled, “Combined Effects of Pesticides and Electromagnetic-Fields on Honeybees: Multi-Stress Exposure” published in the journal Insects ( affiliated with the American Association of Professional Apiculturists) by scientists of the University of Milan Italy and Instituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia ed Emilia Romagna “Bruno Ubertini” found the combined effects pesticides and non-ionizing electromagnetic fields on bees potentiated several effects including disease, higher mortality, behavioral alterations (queen changes, excess of both drone-brood deposition and honey storage) and biochemical anomalies.

The government wants to re-authorize traditional bird hunts

Three days of hunting demonstrations planned in several departments, the Ministry of Ecological Transition on Wednesday put eight decrees for the 2021-2022 hunting season until October 6, arguing that they respect European law. . At the beginning of August, however, the Council of State had canceled several hunting authorizations for...

Bepanted shovel-toting farmer wins privacy payout from France TV

Updated A French farmer who was filmed setting about bird conservationists with a shovel while in his underpants has won damages from a TV company that filmed the incident for violating his privacy. The set-to originally occurred back in 2015, when a French bird conservation group called the Ligue pour...

Landes hunter in underwear: France Télévisions sentenced for infringement of image rights

Louise Bernard with Alexis Patri 10:18 am, September 16, 2021. France Télévisions is sentenced for infringement of image rights, after it broadcast in 2015 images of a Landes hunter in his field. In underpants and armed with a shovel, he attacked activists from the Bird Protection League and journalists. Images that had made the joy of social networks.

2022 Chevy Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD Get New Commercial Assist Steps

The 2022 Chevy Silverado HD and 2022 GMC Sierra HD heavy-duty pickup trucks arrive with just a few changes and updates over the preceding 2021-model-year vehicles, including the addition of new Commercial Assist Steps. The Commercial Assist Steps offered for the 2022 Chevy Silverado HD and 2022 GMC Sierra HD...

French farmer wins damages over UnderpantsGate

A French farmer who became an internet sensation after being pictured storming out of his house in his underpants brandishing a spade to ward off bird conservationists won 10,000 euros ($12,000) in damages from French television on Wednesday. The picture of a furious Jean-Marc Dutouya, clad in only a blue...

Image rights: France Télévisions must pay 10,000 euros to "the man with the shovel in his underwear"

France Télévisions was ordered this Wednesday by the court of Dax (Landes) to pay 10,000 euros in damages to a Landes hunter. He had become in spite of himself a star of social networks after appearing in his underwear, armed with a shovel, in a report from 2015. “This judgment brings the law into conformity with morality by recognizing this intolerable infringement of the right to the image "By Jean-Marc Dutouya, said his defender, Me Frédéric Dutin.
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Avantha Technologies Announces Rebranding as HelioNext, Launch of New Website

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 15, 2021 /CNW/ -- Avantha Technologies, a leading provider of business processing solutions for SMBs, announced today that it has completed the rebranding process including, among others, a new name, brand logo and website. The rebrand reflects the Company's strategic direction and plans for creating new and separate identities in the market for its distinct Business Process Management and IT staffing businesses.